No. 4485 Thursday 1 October 1998 Vol. 129

Oxford partner in new classroom computer project : Oxford is collaborating with Intel, the world's largest computer chip manufacturer, to produce new programmes aimed at removing some of the barriers to the use of IT in the classroom.

Top human sciences award for Oxford zoologist : Professor Sir Robert May, FRS, Royal Society Research Professor in Zoology and Fellow of Merton College, has been awarded the 1998 Balzan Prize for Biodiversity worth 500,000 Swiss francs (£220,000).

New Oxford Engineering Academy Fellows : Three eminent engineers from the University are among 45 newly elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, which includes members from some of the UK's most successful technology-based companies and senior academics.

Study of victims of male rape : A study which could lead to a better understanding of the victims of male rape and improved support services, is being undertaken by a University researcher.

New Chair of General Practice : Professor David Mant, Professor of Primary Care Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, has been appointed to the newly established Chair of General Practice.

Meningitis guidelines: The University has drawn up plans for dealing with cases of meningitis, in line with guidelines recently issued by the CVCP on `Managing meningitis in higher education institutions'. This includes the establishment of an incident control team, led by the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control. For further information about these plans, contact Miss Jennifer Noon or Dr Jane Sherwood, both at the University Offices.

Ashmolean hours extended: The Ashmolean Museum has extended its opening hours. Since August, it is now open from 10 am–5 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and from 2–5pm on Sunday. The move is part of a range of initiatives for increasing and widening public access being undertaken by the new Director of the Ashmolean, Dr Christopher Brown, who took up his post at the start of June.

Seamus Heaney lecture: Nobel prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, Professor of Poetry at Oxford 1989–94, was the distinguished speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bodleian in June. His lecture, entitled `Fretwork: on translating Beowulf', included references to the problems of translating Anglo-Saxon texts for modern audiences, and a defence of the study of Anglo-Saxon in the curriculum.

Low drop-out rate: Oxford has one of the lowest undergraduate drop-out rates in the country, according to a recent survey. The PUSH Guide to Which University 99 shows fewer than three in 100 Oxford students fail to complete their degree course, compared with a national average of one in five.

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